After showcasing the SmartWatch 3 (review) and the SmartBand Talk at the IFA back in 2014, Sony has finally listed these two wearable devices on its official website for India. The listings mention price tags of 12,990 INR and 19,990 INR for the SmartBand Talk and the SmartWatch 3 respectively. To put things into perspective, these prices translate to roughly $325 and $210, making them some of the more expensive wearable devices out there in the Indian market. However, these are only MRPs (Maximum Retail Price); the fierce e-commerce war in India means that buyers will be able to avail the devices at a certain percent off of the aforementioned prices.
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Specifications wise, the SmartWatch 3 comes with a 1.6-inch 320 x 320 pixel square display, which uses a TFT LCD panel. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz processor, which gets 512MB of RAM to complement itself in order to run a build of Android Wear on the SmartWatch 3. The wearable also has an on-board storage of 4GB, which although doesn’t sound too much, should suffice for the watch per se. Two of the more interesting additions on the specs sheet read — IP68 certification, which means there’ll be no worries of the watch being spoiled due to water/dust, and a 420mAh battery that should easily take you through a couple of days.
The other device that goes live along with the SmartWatch 3, i.e., the Smartband Talk comes with a 1.4-inch 296 x 128 pixel e-ink display which is curved in nature. Its e-ink nature means that the device doesn’t lose a lot of power when the display is static, which is why it’s always-on, i.e., there’s no set duration after which the display backlight dims. It comes with Bluetooth 4.0 LE and has NFC as well to aid in quick pairing with smartphones. Last but not that least, it has a 65mAh battery that allows up to 1 hour of talk time and up to 3 days of standby. The SmartBand Talk too comes with IP68 certification, akin to it’s elder sibling, i.e., the SmartWatch 3.
There’s no word on what e-commerce retailers will be offering the devices, but word on that should be out sooner rather than later.